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Air Traffic Control Communications
The continuous increase in air travel creates a challenge for air traffic control authorities to maintain and upgrade their communications infrastructure to ensure the highest level of air and ground safety. ATC requires a unique mix of communication services to enable effective management of ground and aerial control, as well as ensuring always-on connectivity between airports, national control centers and aircrafts. Another challenge is presented by the need to deliver voice, data, radar, guidance systems, video, telemetry, and other traffic, using a wide variety of interfaces, network infrastructure and technology generations.
Above all, given the critical nature of ATC systems, their communications must ensure reliable and secure operations at all times.
Multiservice Platforms for Secure, Uninterrupted ATC Communications
RAD’s field-proven Service Assured Networking solutions have been widely deployed in airports and regional ATC sites to enable robust ATC communications, using the Megaplex high capacity multiservice access platform, the Airmux sub-6GHz high capacity wireless system, the SecFlow ruggedized security switch-routers and the RADview network management system. Together, these secure-by design solutions support intra-airport multiservice connectivity, wireless mobility and high capacity operational networks, while enabling future capacity expansion to meet ATC’s evolving needs.
The Megaplex delivers AFTN data, direct speech (DS), Telex (TTY), radar data (RD), extended range VHF (ER), and VHF data link (VDL) traffic, together with other voice, video and IP services, using industry-standard interfaces. It efficiently transports traffic over copper, fiber, microwave, or satellite links, using a ruggedized enclosure specifically built to withstand the rigors of field operations. The Megaplex supports fail-safe operations with ISDN, VSAT and Ethernet backup, and ensures smooth, cost-effective migration to nextgeneration packet networks with hybrid TDM and Ethernet architecture.
In addition, the Megaplex allows future applications and functions to be added as needed, using a field-pluggable x86 server. It is strategically located to provide ATC cyber security and features a wide range of advanced protection mechanisms including authorizaiton, authentication, encryption, firewall, anomaly detection, and more.
The Airmux-5000 enables reliable point-to-multipoint and broadband mobility communications for on-the-ground personnel and vehicles, such as security staff, O&M teams and first responders. The Airumx-5000 features smart antenna technology, including beamforming, nLOS/NLOS and MIMO to deliver high throughput, long range coverage and robust connectivity – even in remote facilities and difficult terrains.
The compact SecFlow integrate multiservice functionalities with built-in security mechanisms designed specifically for supervisory control and data aquisition (SCADA) applications controlling mission-critical operations. These devices support IP and Ethernet communicaitons, as well as legacy serial protocols, and feature a comprehensive cyber security suite.
The RADview management system provides easy planning, configuration and monitoring of the network and RAD’s devices, offering an intuitive user interface and automated operations.
Airports, civilian and military aviation authorities
- Intra-airport multiservice voice and data communications
- Communication services for air traffic control (ATC) operational networks
Featuring up to 750 Mbps aggregated sector capacity and a range of up to 40 km (25 miles), a single Airmux-5000 base station supports up to 64 remote subscriber units (SUs) with multi-band operation, making it ideal for:
- Service providers and ISPs, offering IP backhaul and 4G/broadband access for remote, rural and underserved communities
- Private networks requiring high capacity inter-branch connectivity for university campuses, healthcare organizations, government institutions, large enterprises and public establishments
- Security and surveillance applications requiring aggregation and backhaul of traffic from multiple colocated HD cameras
The Megaplex-4’s ability to handle a broad range of Ethernet, data and voice services, as well as a large variety of network technologies, in a single compact managed node, makes it an ideal solution for carriers and service providers. The device also provides a perfect fit for large enterprises, utilities and transportation companies who require an efficient way to transport and provision multiple legacy and next-generation services over their high capacity pipes. Megaplex-4 can be used as a central aggregation unit for TDM and Ethernet CPEs that are connected over various access link technologies, e.g., HSDSL and SDH/SONET.
The Megaplex-4 is available with a cable management solution to reduce storage space and handling, and eliminate cable waste.
The RADview features a network element manager, end-to-end service manager for Carrier Ethernet services, performance monitoring portal for ongoing monitoring of Ethernet and IP services, D-NFV orchestrator for virtual machines and application services at the customer edge, and a network planner for resource optimization and capacity planning.
Featuring client/server architecture with multi-user support, RADview provides intuitive graphic representation of network clouds, links, nodes, end-to-end services, and network status indication. Fully ITU-T FCAPS compliant, it offers security management supporting user access profiles and allowing network partitioning.
The SecFlow-2 is ideal for industrial IoT backhaul, enabling fast, secure and economical deployment of new IoT sites. Allowing secure connectivity over wireless or fiber networks – either public (e.g., cellular) or private, it connects all types of industrial devices, including RTUs, smart meter aggregation devices, IoT base stations or concentrators, CCTV cameras, point of sale devices, Wi-Fi base stations, and more. SecFlow-2 is also used for operational WANs, providing reliable secure Layer 2 and Layer 3 communications for power utilities, water and gas utilities, public safety and homeland security agencies, as well as intelligent transportation operators.